Outside of Department 23 at the South County Justice Center in Porterville, a large group of people gathered to witness the hearing for Jazmin Paramo, the woman charged with killing four motorcyclists in early August, on Wednesday morning.
Paramo’s hearing was scheduled to begin at 8:30 a.m., but the doors to the courtroom were opened to the public around 10 a.m. Family of the victims, Jose Vargas, Rita Vargas, Gilbert Vargas and Mitzi Rodriguez, were ushered into the front left row of the courtroom, and a bailiff stood outside of the doors calling the names of those on the department’s calendar. After those names were called, only a bench and a half of sitting room remained, and it was a rush among the remaining people to take one of the select few seats available.
Upon entering the courtroom, the only inmate present in custody was Paramo, clad in a red shirt, her face equally as red from crying. Paramo’s eyes were swollen and the tip of her nose was bright red. Occasionally she would raise a tissue to her face to wipe the tears that were falling down her cheeks.
At roughly 10:15 a.m., Judge Gary M. Johnson entered the courtroom and immediatley called Paramo’s case. Paramo’s attorney, Jamil Nushwat, stated his appearance, and Deputy District Attorney Brittany Knotts stated her appearance for the prosecution.
Johnson said that he received the second amended complaint filed by Knotts. Nushwat stated that Paramo would be pleading not guilty to the second amended complaint.
Johnson went on to say that medical records at be subpoenaed, and handed the documents to Knotts, who said that she would have the documents back by Friday, October 4. Nushwat also agreed to review the documents and requested an electronic copy. Johnson also stated that new forms of discovery had also been submitted to the court in the form of videos and photographs.
Both the prosecution and defense agreed that they need more time to review the documents, and Nushwat stated that he had investigators currently looking into the case.
It was decided that the preliminary hearing setting would be extended to November 18 at 8:30 a.m. in Department 23 of the South County Justice Center in Porterville.
Paramo is being charged with four counts of murder, two counts of driving under the influence with the special allegations of multiple victims, one count of driving the wrong way on a divided highway and one count of driving on a suspended or revoked license.